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Take a Trip Down Priority Lane (But Only In a Few Airports)

Take a Trip Down Priority Lane (But Only In a Few Airports)
Scott Dylan

Priority Pass wants to entice you by offering access to express security lanes at airports around the world. The newest scheme from the popular lounge provider also offers express access for passport checks. The program is being called Priority Lane.

Is this new program something you should be paying attention to if you fly frequently?

The answer depends on the specific airports you tend to use when traveling. The first thing to know is that this program is definitely still in the works when it comes to creating a truly usable network of participating airports. The Priority Lane option is being introduced slowly at locations around the world. In fact, only a handful of airports will participate in the program initially. There’s a good chance that this program will become universal if it has a strong start. Priority Lane will first be available to Priority Pass members in the United Kingdom. Passes will cost just over $5. That fee will be in addition to the existing Priority Pass fee you already pay for membership.

We already have word regarding which airports around the world will be participating in the Priority Lane program. Some of the participating airports will offer express access for security screenings. Other airports will offer express access for both security and passport control. Here’s a look at the full list of participating airports that will be offering just security, as of March of 2019:

  • Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY) in Bergamo, Italy.
  • Falcone Borsellino Airport (PMO) in Palermo, Italy.
  • Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the United Kingdom.

It’s obvious to see from the list that you won’t have much luck when flying to and from major cities in Europe right now. Of course, the list is likely to grow. What about airports that are offering both security and passport control? Here are the two airports that are offering expedited services for both under the Priority Lane program as of March of 2019:

  • London Gatwick Airport (LGW).
  • Muscat International Airport in Oman (MCT).

There is one airport that will only offer express services for passport control. That airport is Bahrain International Airport (BAH) in Bahrain. The airports that we know about so far show promise that Priority Pass wants to offer faster security options for travelers visiting places throughout Europe and the Middle East. However, it is surprising that no airports in North America have signed up to join the program yet.

[Image Source: London Gatwick Airport]

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  1. GetSetJetSet

    March 30, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I wouldn’t PAY for it, but who actually PAYS for Priority Pass? It’s a throw in for like every travel credit card.

  2. piotrger

    March 31, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Already for the last few years, Poznan Airport, Poland (POZ) is offering fast track security to Priority Pass users. Especially useful during international fairs period and summer holidays time.

  3. sdsearch

    March 31, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    You wrote: “Passes will cost just over $5. That fee will be in addition to the existing Priority Pass fee you already pay for membership.”

    What fee i already pay? Many of us in the uSA have Priority Pass included as a benefit of our of the credit carrds we have, and we pay $0 separate fee for it (I have no idea what the credit company may pay on our behalf).

    So while this Priority Lane be available to those have Priority Pass through a credit card, or only those paid outright for it???

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